Many of you will remember Isabelle Caro, the brave model who bared all to show the true horror of anorexia.
Isabelle, the model who was told to lose weight, lose weight, lose weight.
Isabelle, the model who walked into modeling agencies and was treated as if she looked totally normal although she weighed 86 frickin’ pounds.
Isabelle, the model who posed in the billboard above to try and send a message to women that anorexia is a disease, it is not beautiful, it is in fact a killer.
Isabelle, the model I can’t stop thinking about because she reminds me so much of myself, and reminds me how smart I was to leave the industry, and reminds me how lucky I was to beat my eating disorder, and how fortunate I was to have access to treatment, and how thankful I am to have the support of my parents and husband who saw me through.
What exactly is wrong with us, the fact that we need a young woman to plaster her shriveled self on a humongous billboard towering over a city to try to make the very simple point that the modeling industry is sick?
Then, we ban the damn thing so no one can see it, continually hiding from the truth of what our society has become.
I regretfully add Isabelle to our memorial. Another lovely life lost for nothing. A person who had her entire life ahead of her but encountered the wrong influences at the wrong time in her life and paid dearly for it.
I dare you to tell me anorexia is not a social disease, in addition to a mental one.
Isabelle on The Price of Beauty with Jessica Simpson
More about Isabelle’s passing;
Isabelle lost her eating disorder battle on November at age 28 after being treated for an acute respiratory illness according to BBC News. It is not clear why news of her passing took so long to become public. Isabelle appeared in posters for an anti-anorexia campaign in 2007, but the ads were banned in several countries. It was not clear why it took so long for her death to be made public. The anti-anorexia campaign came amid a debate among fashion circles on the use of “ultra-skinny” models on the catwalk. The AFP news agency reported her as saying at the time: “I thought this could be a chance to use my suffering to get a message across, and finally put an image on what thinness represents and the danger it leads to – which is death.”The model, who was 5ft 4in tall (1.65m) at the time of the poster campaign, reportedly weighed 32kg (five stones).Ms Caro’s acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, told the Associated Press news agency that Ms Caro had died after returning to France from a job in Tokyo.She said family and close friends had held a funeral ceremony in Paris last month. Mr Bigler, who was a friend of Ms Caro, told Swiss media: “She was hospitalized for 15 days with acute respiratory disease and was recently also very tired, but I do not know the cause of her death.”